Paula Galhardo is an of counsel in the Corporate Practice and member of the firm’s Latin America Executive Committee, with particular expertise in international transaction matters pertaining to inbound Brazilian investment in the US, outbound US investment into Latin America, international contracts, and anticorruption compliance and investigations with a particular focus on Latin America.
Paula has extensive experience leading and coordinating complex international transactions across many jurisdictions and represents companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including chemicals, energy and technology, as well as manufacturers and government contractors. Currently, Paula is serving as regional counsel for a public chemical company in Latin America, which includes operations in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.
Paula’s experience also includes assisting clients in anticorruption compliance in Latin America. She assists in the review and revision of anticorruption policies and procedures and advises Brazilian entities on FCPA compliance, including company practices, internal compliance programs, human resources concerns and remedial measures for improving compliance.
Paula is the Chair of the International Law Section and Vice-Chair of the Corporate Counsel section of the Houston Bar Association. She is also an active member of a number of bar and trade associations, including the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), Institute for Energy Law (IEL), American Bar Association (ABA), New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) and Young Professionals in Energy (YPE).
Paula is admitted to practice in Brazil and New York. Portuguese is her first language, and she is also fluent in both English and Spanish.